Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation Series

A monthly series of discussions on emerging lessons from our early childhood grantees

Held on the second Friday of each month 

Thank you to all those who participated in the FY19 Coffee and Conversation series. We will be back in a few months with details of what to expect in the coming year!


The Boston Foundation is working to support early childhood education and care in Boston so that our youngest residents arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to learn, while meeting appropriate developmental and behavioral milestones along the way.

In June 2018, in partnership with members of our donor community, the Boston Foundation made grants to nine organizations leading cross-sector partnerships to expand access to high-quality education and care for Boston families with children, prenatal to age three.

On September 28, 2018, the Boston Foundation hosted the inaugural Coffee & Conversation at the Wonder of Learning, with a presentation and discussion on challenges facing the early childhood workforce. The following monthly breakfasts, beginning October 12, 2018, will feature an in-depth look at the work of each of the nine grantees and the emerging lessons from their cross-sector partnerships. We invite donors, early childhood stakeholders, and thought partners to join us in these learning sessions.

Read about the nine collaborations here.

Past Coffees:

Smart from the Start logo
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Smart from the Start

We wrap up the 2018-2019 Early Childhood Coffee and Conversations series with a presentation from Smart from the Start, featuring the work of their partnership, The Family Strength and Wellness Initiative. Thank you to all of out presenters throughout the year, and the hundreds of people who attended these sessions and provided valuable feedback. 

Dimock Center logo
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: The Dimock Center

Our eighth monthly Early Childhood Coffee & Conversation, featured the Dimock Center. At this event, they shared the work of their cross-sector partnership: Dimock/Urban Edge Collaborative for Innovative Partnerships. After a brief presentation, attendees had the opportunity for dialogue with the presenters about their work and opportunities to support it.

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Roca, Inc.

Our seventh monthly Early Childhood Coffee & Conversation, featured Roca, Inc. At this event, Roca shared information about the work of their cross-sector partnership: It Takes a Village. After a brief presentation, attendees had the opportunity for dialogue with Roca about their work and opportunities to support it. 

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Urban College of Boston

Join us at the Boston Foundation for our sixth monthly Early Childhood Coffee & Conversation, featuring Urban College of Boston. At this event, Urban College will tell us about the work of their cross-sector partnership: Strengthening Supports for Spanish- and Chinese-Language Family Child Care Providers. After a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity for dialogue with Urban College about their work and opportunities to support it.

BMC logo
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Boston Medical Center

At this event, BMC representatives discussed the work of their cross-sector partnership: Economic Mobility for Pregnant and New Mothers. After a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity for dialogue with BMC about their work and opportunities to support it.

Horizons logo
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Horizons for Homeless Children

We entered 2019 in our series with a presentation by Horizons for Homeless Children. Horizons will share the latest on the work of their cross-sector partnership, Strengthening Social and Emotional Development, with partners Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and Brazelton Touchpoints Center. See below for the materials shared by the presenters.

View the presentation slides
Family Nurturing Center logo
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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: Family Nurturing Center

At the third session in the series, the Family Nurturing Center shared the work of their cross-sector partnership, Expanded Partnership for Allston-Brighton Family Support and Engagement.  The partnership leverages parent liaisons to help parents get access to critical resources and information to improve health care access and outcomes.

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: MSPCC

Our monthly Early Education Coffee and Conversation series began with a presentation from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the work of their cross-sector partnership to develop and pilot a system for mental health services for DCF-involved children and families. 

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Early Childhood Coffee and Conversation: United Way of Massachusetts Bay / Merrimack Valley

Our second monthly Early Childhood Coffee & Conversation featured the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. At this event, United Way will tell us about the work of their cross-sector partnership: Boston Early Childhood Shared Services Alliance. After a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity for dialogue with United Way about their work and opportunities to support it.

Full schedule:

October 12, 2018: Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Developing and Piloting a System to Prioritize Mental Health Services for DCF-Involved Infants, Young Children and Families
Partners:  Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH), Massachusetts Head Start Association (MHSA); Massachusetts, Department of Children and Families (DCF)

November 9, 2018: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley
Boston Early Childhood Shared Services Alliance
Partners: UMass Boston, Nurtury, Project Hope, East Boston Social Centers, United South End Settlements, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston, Hattie B. Cooper Community Center, Crispus Attucks

December 14, 2018: Family Nurturing Center
Expanded Partnership for Allston-Brighton Family Support and Engagement
Partners: Charles River Community Health Center, Jamaica Plain Brighton WIC, The Basics

January 11, 2019: Horizons for Homeless Children
Strengthening Social and Emotional Development
Partners: Horizons for Homeless Children, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

February 8, 2019: Boston Medical Center
Economic Mobility for Pregnant and New Mothers
Partners: BMC Pediatrics Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family, BMC Vital Villages, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

March 8, 2019: Urban College of Boston
Strengthening Supports for Spanish- and Mandarin-Speaking Family Child Care Providers
Partners: Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village Network, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Asian American Civic Association, ABCD’s Child Care Choices of Boston

April 12, 2019: Roca, Inc.
It Takes a Village
Partners: East Boston Social Centers, North Suffolk Mental Health Association (Harbor Area Early Childhood), East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Department of Transitional Assistance, Department of Children and Families, Department of Public Health

May 10, 2019: The Dimock Center
Dimock/Urban Edge Collaborative for Innovative Partnerships
Partners: The Dimock Center, Urban Edge

June 14, 2019: Smart from the Start
Family Strength and Wellness Initiative
Partners: Smart from the Start, Brazelton Institute, Boston Housing Authority

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